News to know for Dec. 5: Bush funeral; pet cemetery vandalized; snow flurries in RVA

Wednesday morning's top headlines

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Today is a national day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush. There will be no regular mail service, some property tax deadlines have been extended and even Google changed its homepage to honor the 41st president.

Bush funeral

The National Cathedral will be the site of a state funeral, as it has been so many times before, today. Tributes and honors for George H.W. Bush have flooded in. His casket was visited Tuesday in the Capitol Rotunda in poignant moments by former Sen. Bob Dole and Bush’s service dog Sully. The Bush family even returned to the Capitol to greet and thank the mourners who turned out to recognize the 41st president’s service to the country.

Final goodbyes for Bush, 41st president

Presidents reunite

Not since Donald Trump’s inauguration have all living presidents gathered together. Due to their busy schedules, funerals are important get-togethers for the “presidents club.” This gathering will be a little different and potentially more awkward than most because each former president, including George H.W. Bush has in some fashion been critical of Trump’s time in office.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush paid their respects at George H.W. Bush's casket on Tuesday.
Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush paid their respects at George H.W. Bush's casket on Tuesday.

How they did it

You have likely seen the dramatic, overhead shot of the casket lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda. It may seem like a standard image for such an occasion, but it took the Associated Press using some technological innovation, months of negotiation and approval from both houses of Congress to get the camera set up.

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard into the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington.
The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard into the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Washington. (AP)

What else is happening?

Here are some other stories that may be of interest:

Richmond blacksmith to appear on Discovery Channel

Henrico pet cemetery targeted by vandals

Weather

A few light snow flurries could be spotted in Richmond this morning, and a much more substantial snow fall is expected this weekend.

FIRST ALERT FORECAST: A few flurries Wednesday morning, but impact is minimal

What day is it?

Wednesday, Dec. 5 – International Ninja Day

What’s Trending

A reporter hit a half-court shot without looking live on the air. But our own Candice Smith did it first.

Reporter makes behind-the-back half-court shot live on air

Adoptable Animal

Plethora of kitties.

You'll find all of our cats and kittens that are currently available for adoption in this album!

Posted by Henrico Humane Society on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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